Founder, Petralon Energy Limited, Ahonsi Unuigbe and his wife Edith, have handed full secondary school scholarships to 15 students of Island Stars Football Academy, The PUNCH reports.
Unuigbe disclosed this during a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday. The beneficiaries are three girls and 12 boys.
The girls are Esther Isaac, Faosiyat Dacosta and Aminat Dacosta, while the boys are Olanrewaju Samuel, Muiz Ibrahim, Alade Yusuf, Sally Olawale, Mubarak Yekini, Similoluwa Freeman, Abolaji Idris, Nurudeen Ismail, Soliu Lawal, Samad Lawal, Abdulazeez Arowosola and Sunday Kazeem.
“I owe it a duty to help in the development of ISFA academy,” Unuigbe told The PUNCH.
“It is just my little way of contributing to the future of the kids in the academy who cannot afford education. God has blessed me and from the little I have I want to help others achieve their dreams with education.”
He added, “It’s a 12-year plan, because I hope to see these kids graduate, but only those who are exceptional will be sponsored further.”
One of the parents whose child is a beneficiary, Ganiyu Olawale, stated, “It has been tough trying to encourage my son to keep on going for training when I know that funds are limited, but thanks to our patron (Unuigbe) who has helped us in helping these kids actualising their dreams.
The CEO of ISFA, Victor Akinmoyo, said the academy helped kids combine impactful education and sports in Lagos.
ISFA currently trains in three centres in Lagos – Banana Island, Victoria Island and Ikoyi.
“We have lots of students who are talented but due to their lack of education, we have not been able to unearth them as we want to. By this donation, I believe they will make maximum use of it and do well in the field of sports.”
ISFA will be taking part in the Dubai Winter Cup from December 12 to 17.